Working Title Films has commenced filming on The Theory of Everything, the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s.
The Theory of Everything is produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten. The original screenplay has been written by Anthony McCarten and is inspired by Jane Hawking’s memoir, “Travelling to Infinity: My life with Stephen”. Universal Pictures International (UPI) will distribute the film internationally.
Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables, My Week with Marilyn) and Felicity Jones (The Invisible Woman, Breathe in) will be joined on screen by David Thewlis (The Fifth Estate, War Horse), Emily Watson (Anna Karenina, War Horse), Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire), Simon McBurney (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Jane Eyre), Maxine Peake (The Village, Red Riding) and Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones, The Iron Lady).
Director James Marsh received Academy and BAFTA awards for his documentary, Man on Wire, and further plaudits and awards for Project Nim. In 2012, his critically received feature film Shadow Dancer, starring Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough was released.
Little was expected from Stephen Hawking, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology, given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. He became galvanized, however, by the love of fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde, and he went on to be called the successor to Einstein, as well as a husband and father to their three children. Over the course of their marriage as Stephen’s body collapsed and his academic renown soared, fault lines were exposed that tested the lineaments of their relationship and dramatically altered the course of both of their lives.
Marsh’s creative collaborators on The Theory of Everything include director of photography Benoît Delhomme, production designer JP Kelly, hair and make-up designer Jan Sewell, costume designer Steven Noble and editor Jinx Godfrey.
Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous scientists of our age and author of the bestseller, “A Brief History of Time”, which has sold millions of copies world-wide.
Filming will take place in Cambridge and at other locations in the U.K.